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[Interview] Eric Nam Dishes About 'After School Club' & His K-Pop Solo Career At KCON 2014

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[Interview] Eric Nam Dishes About 'After School Club' & His K-Pop Solo Career At KCON 2014
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Eric Nam is an enthusiastic K-Pop vocalist and leader in the Hallyu Wave.

B2M solo vocalist Eric Nam is one of the leaders in the movement to deliver K-Pop to worldwide audiences. As the host of Arirang TV"s popular music interview show "After School Club” Eric Nam has helped to bridge the gap between Korean speaking idols and their burgeoning global audiences.

English-speaking K-Pop fans have flocked to “After School Club,” which provides an opportunity for fans throughout the world to interact with their favorite K-Pop idols during its live stream. “After School Club” or “ASC” incorporates social media and YouTube in a unprecedented way.

Due to the success of “After School Club” and his appeal as a Korean-American solo artist, it was not surprising to find a large crowd gathered outside of the Viki booth at KCON 2014 that were hoping to have a chance to take a selfie with Eric Nam.

Viki sponsored the Eric Nam selfie experience at KCON 2014 and was also a Red Carpet sponsor. Eric Nam hosted the Red Carpet which led to the two “M Countdown” concerts. Fans who were present at the Red Carpet, as part of the fan engagement portion of KCON, and media were provided with the opportunity to hear Eric Nam deliver live English commentary for Viki TV.
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Fans had the opportunity to take selfies with Eric Nam at the Viki booth during KCON 2014.

During his appearance at the Viki booth, Eric Nam provided an interview to KpopStarz in which he discussed his experience as a Korean-American performer in K-Pop, Kollaboration, and the role that “After School Club” has maintained in the globalization of K-Pop.

KpopStarz: I really enjoy watching “After School Club” because I think the show has helped to make K-Pop more accessible to international audiences. How do you think “After School Club” has impacted the Hallyu Wave?

Eric Nam: The coolest thing about “After School Club” is that up until the show, fans were relying on other Korean shows with translations and captions, but now it is at a point where we can talk to them in Korean, as well as English. This brings more of a Western approach which is why it is so relevant to fans around the world.

This is also why it is so much fun to do. Fans are loving “After School Club” and engaging with us. We are so thankful and appreciative that people take the time to watch our show and interact with us.

KpopStarz: Do you find it surprising to see that there are now K-Pop fans throughout the world?

Eric Nam: Yes, I had no idea that so many people would be here. To see, meet, and be able to talk to fans or people who are interested in learning more about K-Pop, as well as Korea has been fascinating. It has been interesting to realize that K-Pop is a global movement.

KpopStarz: As a Kollaboration participant, what advice can you give to other Kollaboration contestants?

Eric Nam: I think Kollaboration has played such an important role in developing and nurturing Asian American talent. The more that people are involved, the bigger and the greater that it can become.

It is very important for people to get out and show their talents, while not being afraid to push the boundaries and limits of social norms. Instead of looking at what is expected of you, if you have a dream or a passion, go after it. That’s what we were made for. I encourage people to hone their craft and know what you love. Kollaboration is such a great venue for that.

KpopStarz: What has been your favorite thing to do so far?

Eric Nam: Coming to KCON has been a very cool experience. Stepping into the dressing room before I came out to the Viki set, I wanted to tear up. It’s so awesome that people are here, loving what we do.

 As an artist, there is nothing more amazing than having someone tell me that they connected with my music or they connected to my personality. The rewarding thing to hear is that you helped me so much. Honestly, I can’t say that I played a big role in this, but if I have in any way impacted someone that makes my day worthwhile.

 KpopStarz: Which “After School” guest has stood out from others?

Eric Nam: EXO definitely stands out. It was the first time “After School Club” hit worldwide trending. That was very cool. ZE:A was on the first show, so I will always remember them. After the show, I became close to Siwan and Kwanghee, so we see each other every once in a while.

Recently, INFINITE was just hilarious. Aside from them being my friends, they were hilarious from beginning to the end. Myself, along with the writers and Kevin (U-KISS), we all agreed that was one of the best shows we have done to date.

KpopStarz: That is the perfect segue to my next question. You recently collaborated with Hoya from INFINITE. Which other K-Pop artists would you most like to work with?

Eric Nam: There are so many K-Pop artists I would love to work with. I would love to do a hip hop collaboration, also. San E. or Dynamic Duo, also Bumkey and Verbal Jint. To be able to feature a collaboration with them would be amazing.

In K-Pop, Henry (Super Junior-M) is one of my great friends. Fans have suggested this collaboration and I think it would be great, as well. It would be really fun to do something together. Ailee is also a great friend, she would be another wonderful person to work with. It would be fun to work with Ailee, because we could sing in Korean and English, as well.

KpopStarz: Have you considered acting within K-Drama or film?

Eric Nam: I have considered acting and have auditioned. Unfortunately, I have been turned down for the roles I auditioned for. My acting is great, but I still need to work on my Korean pronunciation, which needs to be perfect for dramas or film . I have come to terms with this.

I was born and raised in the United States. I will never have the same perfect pronunciation as someone who lived in Korea their entire lives. It is the same for a Korean person who moves to the United States after living in Korea for 23 years, they will never have perfect English, as well. At first, this was very stressful for me and I had a hard time.

Now, I have accepted that it is what it is and if I can find a role [in a drama or film] that is willing to accept me for that, it would be great. It would be a great challenge.

KpopStarz:  Do you think it is more difficult to perform as a K-Pop artist who is Korean-American?

Eric Nam: In Korean and English, I sound completely different. I feel like I sound a lot better in English, honestly. Trying to bridge that gap, with feeling and emotion, is the hardest part for me. I can knock an English song in an hour to two hours, a Korean song could take a couple of days. It’s been a challenge, but it is something that I am learning. I hope to be able to continue to improve on that aspect.

KpopStarz: Which aspect of KCON 2014 are you most looking forward to?

Eric Nam: The Viki booth has been awesome. I get to meet my fans, as well as my friends and family. This definitely the highlight. We also have the Viki TV Red Carpet which will be fun.

I have met almost every single person there before and have interviewed many of the artists who will be on the Red Carpet. We have hung out. It should be like friends hanging out and should be fun. I am also looking forward to the performances.

I honestly wish I was performing. I will save that for next year. I hope that KCON will have me, next year. More than anything, I am so thankful and appreciative that people invited me out. My fans lobbied for me to be here, so I am thankful to my fans and Viki. I am so excited and happy to be here.

KpopStarz: Can you tell me about any future projects or collaborations that you have in the works?

Eric Nam: I don’t have anything I can talk about. Hopefully, I will have an album out by the end of the year. I do a lot of guide vocals for the group Boyfriend. I am also working with 100% and Nicole Jung from KARA. Seeing them in the studio, helping them while they learn from me and vice versa, is a lot of fun. Hopefully, we will have more to come.

Eric Nam hosts "After School Club" which can be found on Arirang TV and Viki.

Special thanks to Eric Nam for his gracious participation in the interview and Viki for interview opportunity at KCON 2014.

KCON 2014 proves global trend of K-Pop rising with 42,000 attendees

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KCON 2014 proves global trend of K-Pop rising with 42,000 attendees

KCON, the annual KPOP summer festival which was just held on August 9th-10th, successfully wrapped up with a record attendance of more than 42,000 Hallyu fans – more than twice the number from last year, which was 20,000!

Having people come from as far as Miami and even overseas, K-Pop fans from around the globe have rented hotels, stayed in mile-long lines, and arrived as early as 4 AM to line up for the two-day convention.

Attractions included countless food trucks, workshops ranging from dance to beauty, a list of YouTube stars such as So Young’s Beauty Room, Beautify Meeh, AJ Rafael, and Dan aka Dan at YesStyle, Koreaboo and Collab’s booth; T-shirt donations for funding education tools (also hosted by Lee Seunggi). The talent competition “Superstar KCON” finals were held with a prize of $5000 to the winner.

KCON 2014 proves global trend of of K-Pop rising with 42,000 attendees

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KCON 2014 proves global trend of of K-Pop rising with 42,000 attendees

KCON, the annual KPOP summer festival which was just held on August 9th-10th, successfully wrapped up with a record attendance of more than 42,000 Hallyu fans – more than twice the number from last year, which was 20,000!

Having people come from as far as Miami and even overseas, K-Pop fans from around the globe have rented hotels, stayed in mile-long lines, and arrived as early as 4 AM to line up for the two-day convention.

Attractions included countless food trucks, workshops ranging from dance to beauty, a list of YouTube stars such as So Young’s Beauty Room, Beautify Meeh, AJ Rafael, and Dan aka Dan at YesStyle, Koreaboo and Collab’s booth; T-shirt donations for funding education tools (also hosted by Lee Seunggi). The talent competition “Superstar KCON” finals were held with a prize of $5000 to the winner.

Boys Republic Member Su Woong Forgives “Gag Concert” Comedian Who Got His Name Wrong

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Boys Republic Member Su Woong Forgives “Gag Concert” Comedian Who Got His Name Wrong

An estimated 63 idol groups made their debut in 2013. One of those groups is Boys Republic, a five-member boy group who made their debut through the song, “Party Rock.” With idol groups making their debut left and right, it can be hard to keep track of all the group names (and each of the group’s members!) and this is something that was proven yet again in the recent episode of KBS 2TV’s “Gag Concert.”

At the “Mental Cap” corner of KBS 2TV’s “Gag Concert” episode aired on August 10, the comedians on stage showed a photo of Boys Republic’s Su Woong but the boy group member was mistakenly identified as the other Boys Republic member, Min Su.

Lee Bo Hee

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Lee Bo Hee

Name: 이보희 / Lee Bo Hee
Real Name: 조영숙 / Cho Young Sook
Profession: Actress
Birthdate: 1959-May-25
Height: 165cm
Weight: 45kg
Star sign: Gemini
Hobby: Classical dance

TV Shows

Wild Romance (KBS2, 2012)
I Live in Cheongdam Dong (jTBC, 2011)
Just You (KBS1, 2011)
King Gwanggaeto the Great (KBS1, 2011)
Smile, Dong Hae (KBS1, 2010)
Flames of Ambition (MBC, 2010)
Reason (KBS2, 2010)
A Man Called God (MBC, 2010)
Three Brothers (KBS2, 2009)
The Road Home (KBS1, 2009)
My Woman (MBC, 2008)
The Innocent Woman (KBS2, 2007)
Queen of Ahyun (MBC, 2007)
The Devil (KBS2, 2007)
When Spring Comes (KBS2, 2007)
What Star Did You Come From (MBC, 2006)
Seoul 1945 (SBS, 2006)
Dear Heaven (SBS, 2005)
My Sweetheart My Darling (KBS1, 2005)
Three Leaf Clover (SBS, 2005)
When a Man is in Love (SBS, 2004)
She is Nineteen (SBS, 2004)
Terms of Endearment (KBS2, 2004)
Jang Hee Bin (KBS2, 2002)
Whenever the Heart Beats (언제나 두근두근) (KBS2, 2002)
Blue Mist (KBS2, 2001)
Ladies of the Palace (SBS, 2001)

Lee Mi Yeon

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Lee Mi Yeon

Name: 이미연 / Lee Mi Yeon (Lee Mi Yun)

Profession: Actress
Birthdate: 1971-Sep-23
Height: 167cm
Weight: 53kg
Blood type: A
Education: Dongguk University

TV Series
Merchant Kim Man Deok (KBS1, 2010)
Crazy For You (SBS, 2007)
Empress Myung Sung (KBS2, 2001)
Love Story (SBS, 1999)

Movies
Typhoon (2005)
Addicted (2002)
Last Witness (2001)
Indian Summer (2001)
Wife in Romance (2000)
Pisces (2000)
Harmonium in my Memory (1999)
Whispering Corridors (1998)
Motel Cactus (1997)
NO.3 (1997)
Awards
2000 Blue Dragon Awards: Best Actress (Pisces)

Notes on a Scandal: What Can SM Entertainment Learn from 2014?

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Notes on a Scandal: What Can SM Entertainment Learn from 2014?
Notes on a Scandal: What Can SM Entertainment Learn from 2014? Written by Kelsey On July 30, 2014

All is not well in the house of SM Entertainment. To be fair, 2014 thus far has given us a host of scandals across the entertainment companies, but SM has had more than a full plate of controversies, most of which have been handled really, really poorly.

I’m sure the big wigs in the management offices have asked each other the question we’re mulling over now: how can so many things go wrong in a such a short time period?

MBC to Ban Lip-syncing on “Music Core,” Super Junior’s Ryeowook Speaks Up in Response

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MBC to Ban Lip-syncing on “Music Core,” Super Junior’s Ryeowook Speaks Up in Response

MBC has revealed their stance on lip-syncing: Idol singers who perform with AR (all recorded: music and voice) and MR (music recorded) on stage will not be allowed on their music show, “Music Core.”
In an interview with Munhwa Ilbo on July 1, “Music Core” chief producer (CP), Park Hyun Suk, shared, “Those who do not sing on stage do not possess the basic qualities of a singer. We will thoroughly check the MR provided by each agency and get rid of the singers who only open their mouths.”

Jang Nara’s Chinese Fans Send Food Truck to ‘Fated to Love You’ Filming Site

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Jang Nara’s Chinese Fans Send Food Truck to ‘Fated to Love You’ Filming Site

Jang Nara was touched by the special gift sent over by her fans in China.

Currently starring in MBC’s Fated to Love You as ‘Ki Mi Young,’ an ordinary girl who unwillingly marries ‘Lee Gun’ (Jang Hyuk) after getting pregnant with his child after a one night stand, Jang Nara has been gifted with a food truck brought over by her Chinese fans on July 21.

In order to cheer up for the cast and staff members who have been filming through the hot weather and tight schedules, Jan Nara’s fans prepared sandwiches for 100 people as well as iced beverages enough for 200, bringing energy up at the filming site near the Han river in Yeouido.

The Chinese fans showed their consideration by silently waiting for Jang Nara and the staff to finish filming for five hours, touching everyone’s heart. The fans had brought the food over by 2 p.m. (KST) but as the filming took place on a cruise ship, going around the Han river, the cast and staff members were able to wrap up filming by 7 p.m. (KST).

Taeyang, VIXX, Song Ji Hyo and More Top the Week′s Headlines

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Taeyang, VIXX, Song Ji Hyo and More Top the Week′s Headlines
preview nextview 1/6 preview nextview If you’ve missed out on all the hottest news of the week, but you’re too busy to catch up on everything that’s been going on - no worries, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be recapping the Top 5 articles of the past week, based on reader views!


5. Big Bang′s Taeyang Says ‘Eyes Nose Lips’ is About His Ex-Girlfriend

Big Bang′s Taeyang is no longer that guy who′s never dated. He knows w′sup now.

Photo credit: KBS 2TV

4.CN Blue’s Jung Yong Hwa and Fans Donate 5,000 Kg of Rice to Cambodian Children in Poverty

Good deeds don′t always get noticed - but this time, Jung Yong Hwa & his fans were clearly recognized for their kind work.

Photo credit:Nanum Store

3. Song Ji Hyo Transforms into Snow White for Upcoming Episode of ‘Running Man’

Ace Ji Hyo gets the princess treatment on Running Man AND on Mwave.

Photo credit: SBS

2. VIXX Gains Popularity in Japan and China

VIXX has gained popularity...everywhere.

Photo credit:Jellyfish Entertainment

1. ‘Weekly Idol’ to Invite 100 Idols to Studio for 3rd Anniversary

100 idols in one place clearly just blew everyone′s minds, helping it to become the No.1 story of the week!

Photo credit: MBC Every1



Kang Sung Jin

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Kang Sung Jin

Profile

Name: 강성진 / Kang Sung Jin (Kang Seong Jin)
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1971-Jan-01
Height: 175cm
Weight: 68kg
Star sign: Capricorn
Family: Wife/singer Lee Hyun Yung (이현영)
Education: Chung Ang University

TV Shows

When Women Powder Twice (jTBC, 2011)
King Geunchogo (KBS1, 2010)
Cinderella’s Sister (KBS2, 2010)
Two Wives (SBS, 2009)
Fight (TVN, 2008)
That Person Is Coming (MBC, 2008)
The Lawyers of The Great Republic Korea (MBC, 2008)
The Devil That Pours Red Wine (MBC, 2007)
Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung (SBS, 2007)
One Fine Day (MBC, 2006)
Long Live Love (SBS, 2003)

Kang Shin Il

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Kang Shin Il

Name: 강신일 / Kang Shin Il
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1960-Nov-26
Height: 170cm
Weight: 64kg
Star sign: Sagittarius

TV Shows

Glass Mask (TvN, 2012)
The Chaser (SBS, 2012)
Soldier (MBC, 2012)
Fermentation Family (jTBC, 2011)
Lie to Me (SBS, 2011)
The Duo (MBC, 2011)
President(KBS2, 2010)
Kim Soo Ro (MBC, 2010)
Call of the Country (KBS2, 2010)
Personal Preference (MBC, 2010)
Heading to the Ground (MBC, 2009)
Detective Mr. Lee (MegaTV, 2008)
Golden Bride (SBS, 2007)
I Came in Search of a Flower (KBS2, 2007)
Hello, God (KBS, 2006)
Resurrection (KBS2, 2005)
Green Rose (SBS, 2005)
Shining Days (SBS, 2004)

2PM Sets Record by Ranking No. 1 on Oricon with Both GroupMember Albums

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2PM Sets Record by Ranking No. 1 on Oricon with Both GroupMember Albums

2PM set a new record in Japan.

2PM became the first K-pop group to rank number one on the Oricon chart with albums released by the group and individual memebrs.

2PM’s Jun.K and Junho each debuted as soloists in Japan, ranking number one on various music charts and carrying out a national tour in Japan.

As the first 2PM member to debut in Japan, Junho launched his solo national tour in July of 2013. His debut album Your Voice ranked number one on Tower Record and number three on Oricon’s daily chart.

Returning with his second album Feel on July 9, Junho immediately ranked number one on Oricon’s daily chart, Tower Record, and the Asian section of HMV’s records shop, proving his increased popularity in the country.

There′s also a train being operated in Tokyo called ‘Junho X Ginza Line’ and he has also sold out all tickets to his solo national tour, which began on July 3.

(Drama Review) ‘Triangle’ – Episode 20

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(Drama Review) ‘Triangle’ – Episode 20
TRIANGLE EPISODE 20
Recap:
Dong Soo watches while Young Dal and Yang Ha exchange threats. Busan boss Myung Jae is told that he has to meet the criteria to gain access to the VIP room, but is given special dispensation by Young Dal as part of the young man"s plan. Chairman Yoon fires Jung Hee so that Yang Ha will not be distracted, but the youth quits Daejung as well. The game in the VIP room begins with Boss Min and Man Bong v. Myung Jae. Busan boy even borrows money from Chairman Go, but bets it all on a single hand and loses. The game ends with Myung Jae impoverished and having to withdraw back to Busan.

Jung Hee goes to Director Hyun and informs him she will sue to get her job back as she was only fired because of Yang Ha"s one-sided love. Young Dal starts to beat down Yang Ha over Jung Hee"s termination, but is stopped by Jung Hee herself. Yang Ha drinks to forget his troubles and is told by Shin Hye to be brave. Chairman Go pledges to help Director Hyun in his bid to be Chairman Yoon"s successor. Young Dal and Jung Hee reconcile, acing Yang Ha out of the triangle, but Dong Soo drops the bombshell on our young tough: Yang Ha is actually the youngest brother.


"Who the hell are you to destroy Jung Hee"s dream?"

My take:
I was pretty impressed with Jung Hee this episode. Usually, she is swept up in events, unable to do much other than just go along for the ride. Here, when having to deal with Myung Jae, she briefly flashes back to her past ordeal, but she remembers herself and bravely keeps her professional demeanor. Quite remarkable. Not only that but she also stands up for herself when she"s fired, heading straight to Director Hyun"s office (not that she"d gain any traction there, but she couldn"t know that) and threatening to sue for wrongful termination. I do have a solution for her money woes: as a director, Young Dal could hire her as a personal assistant, at least until he gains enough power to reinstate her as a dealer.

Yang Ha shows a surprising amount of backbone here, again defying Daejung Group"s interests for his own. He not only stands up to his adoptive father but he also displays an uncharacteristic amount of self-reflection when he admits to Shin Hye that no one is on his side because he hasn"t tried to be likable.


Young Dal and Jung Hee share a tender kiss.

I was hoping for a more explosive confrontation with Myung Jae. For all the build-up, he hasn"t shown himself to be anything other than a bully, unable to intimidate or impress. Certainly people had some trepidation while dealing with him, but I still hadn"t seen any reason for him to deserve his reputation. His appearance was unpleasant, as well, reminding me of nothing so much as a rat. Glad he"s gone.

I"m glad Jung Hee and Young Dal are back together. Dong Soo"s words had rattled around in Young Dal"s skull more than once over the past couple episodes: "Don"t give up your dream." And he hasn"t. Even if your busy, you need someone to love. And, as I"ve pointed out above, I think she"s equal to the task. She"s toughened up, gained a sense of self. I think whatever happens, that couple will do just fine.


Go: "If you are to inherit Daejung Group, how can I not help you?"

I like how each of these episodes ends on a cliffhanger. Helps keep the interest up. They"ve positioned the two idols in the show really well, and their rivalry is priceless. I wonder now if it will turn into sibling rivalry. I somehow can"t imagine either of them being sorry for the things they"ve done, and Dong Soo is still tortured by the memory of what Seon Joo told him about the adoption. However, it really does look like they"re setting up Yang Ha to be his own person, more able to join in the fight to take down Daejung. We"ve only got three weeks left to see how this all plays out. *sniff*


SEE ALSO: Hong Suk Chun gives "Triangle" and Jaejoong fans a treat

Upcoming girl group A.KOR releases another mix tape video using B.O.B’s ‘Strange Clouds’

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Upcoming girl group A.KOR releases another mix tape video using B.O.B’s ‘Strange Clouds’

Upcoming 5-member hip hop girl group, A.KOR, so far has really impressed the crowd with their vocals, rapping, and lyric-writing abilities! Previously, rappers Kemmy and Min Ju released a mix tape of Lloyd Banks"s "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley."


Now, the girls released their second mix tape and third promotional video before debut for "And Go," using B.O.B"s "Strange Clouds" and awesome kaleidoscope effects!


SEE ALSO: Debuting girl group A.KOR introduce rappers Kemmy and Min Ju in a mix tape video

Who Wore it Better: Victoria vs. Sulli

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Who Wore it Better: Victoria vs. Sulli

While idols wearing the same clothes in different settings is pretty standard nowadays--expected, even--it"s rare and strange to see members of the same girl group wearing the exact same outfit. This edition of Who Wore it Better features f(x) members Victoria and Sulli wearing a black, sleeveless, A-line dress from the "MAJE" 2014 Spring/Summer collection.


"Oh. Maknae-ya. I didn"t know you were shopping through my closet."



Let the catfight commence.

Whose Solo Comeback Are You Most Excited About?

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Whose Solo Comeback Are You Most Excited About?

The summer is set to be a warzone for girl groups as Girl’s Day, Secret, SISTAR and more are revving up for their respective comebacks, but a few solo stars are striking back as well, and we want to know who you think will come out on top!

4minute’s Hyuna

The girl groups may have strength in numbers, but 4minute’s Hyuna has proved to be a formidable force all on her own, and she is looking to rattle the stage with a solo comeback.

Cube Entertainment announced Hyuna is scheduled for a July comeback, which will be documented in a reality show, revealing the 4minute member is going big.

Lee Joo Shil

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Lee Joo Shil

Name: 이주실 / Lee Joo Shil (Lee Ju Sil)
Profession: Actress
Birthdate: 1944-Mar-08
Height: 161cm
Star sign: Pisces

TV Shows

Dummy Mommy (SBS, 2012)
Ordinary Love (KBS2, 2012)
Salaryman Chohanji (SBS, 2012)
Heaven’s Garden (Channel A, 2011)
Poseidon (KBS2, 2011)
Dae Mul (SBS, 2010)
My Sister’s March (MBC, 2010)
Harvest Villa (tvN, 2010)
Loving You a Thousand Times (SBS, 2009)
Wife and Woman (KBS2, 2008)
Someday (OCN, 2006)
Golden Apple (KBS2, 2005)
Song of a Blind Bird (MBC, 1994)

Younha Holds a Surprise Concert in the Rain for ′Umbrella′

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Younha Holds a Surprise Concert in the Rain for ′Umbrella′

Younha kept her Umbrella promise by holding a surprise concert in the rain.

She performed at Yeoido Park on the night of July 3 before hundreds of fans.

The promise had been made in a conversation she had with the song′s original singer Epik High′s Tablo. After the release and success of Umbrella on July 2, Tablo had told her to upload a video of herself singing in the rain if it rains that day.

It did rain, and so Younha took to the streets.

June Joust: Which boy group promoting in June was the best?

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June Joust: Which boy group promoting in June was the best?

A lot of artists were doing full-scale promotions in June, particularly boy groups who came back with something to prove! So we"ve collected some of the top, attention-grabbing boy groups that promoted in June to see which one did the best job. (Keep in mind that some of the groups" releases happened in late May - such as Fly to the Sky on May 19 - but their promotional cycles have been heavy in the month of June more so than May.)


It was difficult, especially as these artists came back more mature and charismatic than ever, but the writers below gave each one a score from 1 (worst) to 5 (best) in four different categories: music, MV, performance, and originality. They also revealed their reasoning behind it. Check out the results below and give us your own scoring and thoughts for: B2ST ("Good Luck"), Boyfriend ("Obsession"), INFINITE ("Last Romeo"), U-KISS ("Don"t Flirt"), VIXX ("Eternity"), ZE:A ("Breathe"), GOT7 ("A"), and Fly to the Sky ("You You You").